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Accident: 200900348 - Employee Fractures Leg In Forklift Collision, Later Dies

Accident: 200900348 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 12/30/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30064661912/30/19977363Advance Processing Systems, Inc.
On December 12, 1997, Employee #1 was using a Raymond dual-drive, stand-up, counterbalanced forklift to transport pallets from one compartment into another. After dropping off a pallet, he was backing up the forklift when he encountered an automated guided vehicle (AGV) that was traveling in reverse to the same point. The AGV was operated by a guided system built into the concrete floor. Employee #1 was standing with his back to the AGV, looking over his left shoulder, and had to choose between hitting the AGV or striking a stairway that led to the mezzanine storage area. He steered the forklift to avoid hitting the AGV and struck the stairway l-beam, fracturing his lower left leg. Emergency Services responded and transported Employee #1 to Memorial Medical Center. Four days later, while undergoing surgery, he slipped into a coma. He was removed from life support, at his family's request, on December 30, 1997.
Keywords: fracture, ind trk operator, struck against, collision, industrial truck, mech mat handling, backing up, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300646619 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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